Facebook, Meta’s massively popular social network, plans to build a Pakistani office. Representatives of the company will meet with Humayun Bashir, Director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Several topics were discussed during the 3.5-hour session between Facebook representative Michael and FIA Director Bashir. Facebook, like other South Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, must establish a local office in Pakistan, according to the Director.
He expressed Pakistan’s displeasure with Facebook’s failure to provide information on people who spread hate against Pakistan and its institutions. According to a Facebook executive, the company is sharing information with Pakistani authorities regarding child pornography and terrorism.
He did say, though, that if a local office is built in Pakistan, more information will be available. According to the source, Facebook will meet with Pakistani officials in July to discuss the possibility of creating an office there.
During the PTI’s term, Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry urged tech companies like Facebook to create local offices in Pakistan. This is due to Pakistan’s new cyber standards, which require social media businesses to open permanent offices and follow local regulations. These rules became effective in October 2021.